Paid maternity leave while already working remotely is an ideal scenario for working moms. There is time to care for a new baby and no need to worry about losing income and struggling to make ends meet. Plus, the flexibility that comes with working remotely can be a huge help to parents as they adjust to their new family dynamic.
Paid Maternity Leave is Good for Both Employees and Employers
Studies have shown that maternity leave contributes to positive child health outcomes and can result in fewer premature births and infant deaths. It also helps a baby’s physical and cognitive development. Too often, parents must choose between bonding with their new child or earning a paycheck if paid time off is not offered by their employers. Faced with this dilemma, approximately 43 percent of women leave the workforce when they have their first child.
These statistics illustrate how important paid maternity leave is to enabling women to build meaningful careers. Also, because one of the many reasons women work remotely is to achieve a better work-life integration, paid maternity leave is becoming an increasingly essential benefit. Paid maternity leave is also benefiical to employers by helping them retain female talent and reduce labor costs by not hiring and re-training replacements.
Paid maternity leave programs have been shown to increase worker retention, productivity, boost morale, improve loyalty, and reduce turnover.
In spite of these benefits, paid maternity leave programs are not mandated in the United States. In fact, according to 2016 data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the U.S. is the only nation among a list of 41 advanced nations that does not mandate paid parental leave. Many employers are also hesitant to be transparent with their maternal or parental leave policies.
Therefore, to help moms contemplating growing their families while nuturing their professional ambitions, we compared employers in our Telecommute Companies Database against the FairyGodBoss list of companies offering the most paid maternity leave to see which employers are the most flexible for working familites.
Read on for our list of 12 remote companies that provide at least 20 weeks of fully-paid maternity leave.
Netflix is a leading internet entertainment company. The company enables users to stream television series, documentaries, and feature films on-demand in a wide variety of languages and genres. Subscribers can view content via the Netflix website or through proprietary software on smartphones, tablets, video game consoles, and smart TVs.
The company offers a whopping 52 weeks of maternity leave. It is the company that provides the most maternal or parental leave on this list. Their parental leave policy is: “take care of your baby and yourself.” Full-time, salaried employees have access to unlimited parental leave, and hourly employees also enjoy some paid maternity leave.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with Netflix:
- Telecommute Kids Content Tagger
- Remote Spanish Synopsis Writer
- Virtual Content Specialist
2. Automattic Inc.
Automattic Inc. is a software development company that created several popular open-source web publishing tools. The company is best known for its WordPress.com blogging platform and have also developed WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, and Gravatar, among others. Automattic Inc. provides a wide variety of tools to help users create beautiful websites, e-commerce sites, and blogs, and aims to democratize publishing so that everyone can tell their stories, regardless of their income-level or global location.
Automattic Inc. offers 32 weeks of fully paid maternal or parental leave for employees after they have been with the company for 12 months. The company also provides childcare vouchers and includes open adoption, maternal, and paternal leave for all other employees.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with Automattic:
- Telecommute Finance Wrangler
- Remote Employment and Benefits Lawyer
- Telecommute Product Marketing Manager
- Remote Data Analytics Leader
3. Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Systems Incorporated is a software development company specializing in digital media and digital marketing solutions. The company produces an expansive suite of products for digital creators and publishers including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Captivate, ColdFusion, Media Optimizer, and Audience Manager.
Adobe offers 26 weeks of fully-paid maternity leave (during and after pregnancy) and six weeks of unpaid maternity leave. Sixteen weeks of paid leave is also available for adoptive parents and non-primary caregivers within six months of the birth or adoption placement of a child under six years of age.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with Adobe Systems:
- Telecommute Senior Business Consulting Manager
- Remote Digital Media Enterprise Account Executive
- Telecommute Campaign Product Specialist
- Remote IT Enterprise Sales Manager
Etsy is an online global marketplace that helps entrepreneurial artisans sell their unique goods. The company aims to turn a community of sellers into thriving businesses. The e-commerce company focuses on making handmade or vintage items and supplies accessible to consumers searching for hand-crafted or sustainable products.
Etsy offers up to 26 weeks of paid gender-neutral leave within two years of birth, surrogacy, or adoption. The company aims to support the changes in the traditional family parental structure and embraces the benefits of sharing parental responsibilities.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with Etsy:
- Remote Senior Design Systems Front-End Engineer
- Telecommute Data Warehouse Engineer
- Remote Senior Payments Software Engineer
5. eBay Inc.
eBay Inc. is an online shopping and auction platform company. The company sells new or used collectibles, decor, apparel, appliances, computers, furnishings, equipment, vehicles, and other miscellaneous items. The company also provides a variety of e-commerce solutions to help sellers grow their online businesses.
eBay offers 24 weeks of fully-paid maternal leave. This benefit is available to all hourly and salaried workers who work 20 hours or more per week. The company also has a Family Care Leave policy that enables workers to take 12 fully-paid weeks off to care for a sick family member.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with eBay:
- Remote Customer Support Specialist
- Telecommute Customer Service Expert
- Remote Software Engineering Intern
6. Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
Stonyfield Farm, Inc. is a leading organic food and beverage company. Part of Lactalis, a French dairy company, Stonyfield Farm develops a wide variety of products including organic yogurts, smoothies, soy yogurts, frozen yogurts, milk, and cream. The company is the second leading brand of organic yogurt in North America.
Stonyfield offers six months of paid maternity leave to mothers or family leave to the primary caregiver in a same-sex couple. The company believes that the key to eliminating gender stereotypes is by creating family-friendly workplaces.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with Stonyfield Farm:
- Remote Natural Channel Regional Sales Manager
- Telecommute Retail Sales Representative
- Remote Key Accounts Manager
ZestFinance is a financial services company that aims to reinvent how lenders give credit to consumers and businesses and also works to make fair and transparent credit available to everyone. The company developed tools to analyze non-traditional and in-house data to help lenders effectively predict credit risk so they can increase revenues, as well as created AI-based tools to help lenders ensure they stay in compliance of federal regulations.
ZestFinance offers up to 24 weeks of paid maternal leave. The company also provides new primary caregivers the option to return to work part-time for six months after their initial leave. New secondary caregivers get three months of paid paternity leave.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with ZestFinance:
- Remote Sales Director
- Telecommute Financial Products Sales Director
- Remote Implementation Engineer
An intelligence-led cybersecurity company, FireEye helps eliminate the complexity of cybersecurity and assists businesses to prepare, prevent, and respond to cyber attacks. The company developed a platform combining human expertise, innovative security technologies, and nation-state grade threat intelligence to provide effective cyber defense.
FireEye offers 22 weeks of paid maternity leave. This benefit also includes adoption, surrogacy, and foster care leave. FireEye provides employees with a maternity support program, including resources to help expectant mothers ensure their pregnancies go as smooth as possible, and a childcare discount policy for employees at eligible childcare centers.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with FireEye:
- Telecommute Solutions Architect
- Remote Senior Data Scientist
- Virtual Research Software Engineer
- Remote Managed Defense Consultant
9. Amazon.com, Inc. (Amazon)
Amazon.com, Inc. is a technology and entertainment company that operates the largest e-commerce marketplace in the world. The company also operates a cloud computing platform, develops computer hardware and artificial intelligence, and is a brick-and-mortar retailer.
Amazon offers up to 20 weeks of fully paid maternity and parental leave, before and after the birth or adoption of a child. The company also provides four weeks of pre-partum leave for birth mothers and established a return-to-work program known as “Ramp Back” which offers eight weeks of flexible, reduced work hours. All benefits are available to parents who have had at least one year of continuous service with the company.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with Amazon:
- Telecommute Enablement Lead
- Remote Senior Sourcing Recruiter
- Telecommute DevOps Consultant
- Remote Senior Latin America Content Acquisition Manager
10. American Express Company
American Express Company is a global financial services company best known for its charge cards, credit cards, money orders, and traveler’s checks. In addition to credit card products, the company provides travel services, gift cards, and free credit score monitoring. The company aims to provide products and services that help customers achieve their financial and business goals.
American Express offers up to 20 weeks of fully-paid maternity or parental leave for full-time and part-time staff, and includes employees that are parents via adoption or surrogacy. The company also provides an additional six to eight weeks for women who give birth and require medical leave. Other benefits available with the company include access to a 24-hour lactation consultant, a parent concierge, prenatal planning, the ability for working mothers to ship their breast milk home for free if away on business travel, and up to $35,000 for adoption or surrogacy assistance for up to two children, and $35,000 to help defray costs of infertility treatments.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with American Express:
- Telecommute Meeting Manager
- Virtual Travel Consultant
- Remote Credit Card Customer Care Professional
- Telecommute Senior Partnerships Manager
11. Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Corporation is a global technology company that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells consumer electronics, computer hardware, and a wide variety of software products. Microsoft also offers enterprise-level services including premier support and consulting services. The company helps organizations to create and achieve more in this mobile and cloud-centric world.
Microsoft offers up to 20 weeks of paid maternity leave and provides non-birth parents up to 12 weeks of paid time off. Since the total leave is a combination of maternity disability leave and paid parental leave, workers have the option to slowly return to work part-time or split their time off in half. In addition, Microsoft requires businesses with more than 50 employees that supply subcontractors to the company to provide paid parental leave for at least 12 weeks—and up to $1,000 per week—so they can take time off for childbirth or child adoption needs.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with Microsoft:
- Remote Senior Consultant
- Telecommute Senior Supportability Program Manager
- Remote Senior Product Marketing Manager
- Telecommute Network Engineer
12. Twitter, Inc.
Twitter, Inc. is an online news and social media company enabling users to see what others are talking about and engage in real-time conversations limited to 280-character messages called “tweets.” Twitter aims to be a global platform for public self-expression and the standard for how users consume, create, distribute, and discover content online.
Twitter offers 20 weeks of fully-paid gender-neutral parental leave for any full-time employee with a new child. This benefit is available to employees based in the United States and internationally. To ensure the time off does not adversely affect workflow, the company provides trainers to help managers understand how to manage their increased workloads when staff members take any parental leave.
Telecommute Jobs You May Find with Twitter:
- Remote Notifications Client Senior iOS Engineer
- Remote Machine Learning Site Reliability Engineer
Join Virtual Vocations in Celebrating National Work and Family Month 2019, October 7 – 11
Virtual Vocations values work and family as well as the flexibility that remote work can provide working families. With better work-life integration through telecommuting, families can be more successful within their professional and personal lives.
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